In case you’re unaware, last night Bill Nye, The Science Guy and Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis held a nearly 3 hour debate on Creationism vs. Evolutionism. I met with a number of friends for the evening to watch the debate and eat delicious food, as we all sat intently listening to the dialogue of these two highly prepared and educated men. No doubt it was engaging. News channels and social media have been a buzz, so much that for me to add another play by play commentary would be just as helpful as another serving of green bean casserole after Thanksgiving dinner.
However, one thing that did stand out to me is Ken Ham’s solidarity in understanding the Gospel to be the foundation for his entire belief, as based upon Sola Scriptura. Ultimately, science and academia, while incredibly beneficial, will never be the validation my faith in Christ requires. Ultimately, we all live by faith alone.
But what is this faith built upon? Christ Alone! In the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we ask the question,
Q. 86. What is faith in Jesus Christ?
Throughout the evening, as I watched the debate go back and forth, one passage of Scripture continually recited in my head, because I realized, as intelligent as Bill Nye is, he wanders, fumbling in the dark with no hope in anything except in himself… and unfortunately that’s sufficient for him. Paul addresses this in his letter to the Corinthian church. Ultimately the only hope we have, is in Christ alone, yet the world will never understand.
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16)
In a debate, every side believes they presented the strongest, most convincing argument, and undoubtedly, last nights debate will continue to rage on for years to come. What excited me most about the debate between these two men, was that Ken Ham was able to clearly present the Gospel several times, pointing Bill Nye and the entire listening audience ultimately to Christ.
In 2001, one of my favorite songs of all time was written. It expounds upon the fact that our faith rests confidently in Christ alone, not in the schemes or wisdom of man. Though the world may not understand it, the cross, the very symbol of death, brings abundant life through the resurrected Christ.
May we pray for Bill Nye, our family and friends… not that they would only be convinced of God’s power in creation and be won with our clever arguments, instead, that they would one day humble themselves, so that they too will stand in the power of Christ alone.